Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference

The Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference Caring: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow will be held on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October 2018 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. The conference is proudly funded by the NSW Government.

The conference provides an opportunity for delegates to explore best practice, innovation, policy, research and initiatives in carer support.

Conference Audience

The Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference brings together professionals from a broad range of areas including:

  • health
  • disability
  • community and welfare services
  • transport
  • employment
  • education
  • research
  • policy
  • corporate and business

Conference Focus

The focus of the conference for 2018 is how we future proof carer support.

The social welfare landscape has been one of significant reform over the last few years. Continued change is expected and presents the need to think differently about the delivery and design of carer services and supports in this rapidly changing environment. The challenge for us in policy development, governance and service provision is in developing and translating innovative ideas and strategies for carer support that continue to recognise and retain the value of carers and promotes their inclusion and connection to services and to each other.


The conference will focus on three core themes:

  • Connectivity: developing and utilising technology and innovative practice in connecting carers to services and supports, information and importantly to each other
  • Inclusion: enhancing inclusion and promotion of choice and participation in education, employment, community and social activities
  • Resilience: recognising and building the capabilities of carers and their networks to navigate complex service systems, and manage the financial and emotional challenges of caring.


The Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference Final Program is now available here.


Registration is now open. For registration and ticket information go to

Conference registration will close Wednesday 3 October 2018. 

Feedback from the Carers NSW 2015 Biennial Conference

Our last Biennial Conference in 2015, explored the themes of inclusion, innovation and diversity and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates:

“The diverse keynote speakers have been very informative and the concurrent sessions interesting. Overall wonderful conference, thank you Carers NSW.”

“Thank you for such a well organised and informative Conference. It is so motivating to hear what is happening and to hear carer experiences and how we can help. I am really appreciative that Carers NSW hold such a terrific event. Thank you.”

“I enjoyed the conference very much; in fact it is probably the first conference I had enjoyed greatly because of the full access to information and communication I had. It was an eye-opener to me, coming from a country which doesn’t have much accommodation practices and listening to the sharing of the audience and speakers, I must say I myself do not know how I has survived in my society all this while.” (Email received from delegate from Singapore)

“The value of speaking to colleagues face to face which develops future information sharing or support/collaboration is a valuable part of this Conference and it would be really sad to lose it entirely.”

“……One of the major benefits of the conference is keeping up with the latest policy developments, findings from projects and networking opportunities.”


If you would like to receive information about the conference directly click here



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